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A new Gallup study suggests that cities with loyal, passionate citizens are more likely to be economically vibrant. The three-year study, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, surveyed 26 communities and looked at how emotionally connected residents were to their city compared to the GDP growth during the past five years.
“The findings show a significant correlation,” a press release for the study said. “Over three years, the researchers will analyze the trends to prove whether emotional connection drives economic growth, or the other way around.”
BusinessWeek editors Chris Palmeri, Prashant Gopal and Peter Coy chronicle the highs and lows of the housing and mortgage markets on their Hot Property blog. In print and online, the Hot Property team first wrote about the potential downside of lenders pushing riskier, "option ARM" mortgages and the rise in mortgage fraud back in 2005—well ahead of many other media outlets. In 2008, Hot Property bloggers finished #1 in a ranking of the world's top 100 "most powerful property people" by the British real estate website Global edge. Hot Property was named among the 25 most influential real estate blogs of 2007 by Inman News.